seize the moral high ground

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seize the moral high ground

To claim, purport, or make it appear that one's arguments, beliefs, ideas, etc., are morally superior to those espoused by others. The senator always tries to seize the moral high ground during a debate so as to shift public opinion in his favor.
See also: ground, high, moral, seize
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St Paul's steps are now being considered for inclusion in the magazine of Let's Go Camping, Greek Euros have shot up in value for numismatists on the basis of their impending doom and inevitable rarity, Nancy Dell''olio is being considered for Dancing on Ice but with extra coolers to stop the ice melting, solar panel projects are being eclipsed in a surprise goal post movement by a dual personality government with bipolar disorder, NATO is looking for its next hatchet job whilst its last job won't give it a reference and America spits its dummy out in a highly predictable reaction to foreign policy setbacks in the Middle East after a nation without statehood seizes the moral high ground in an unprecedented publicity coup by getting a UNESCO credit card with lunch vouchers.
This mature group seizes the moral high ground as curators of the grand legacy, pageantry, romance and beauty of our sport.
Other noblemen hate the pair of them and in laying his curse on them both, Monterone (whose daughter the Duke has also taken advantage of) arguably seizes the moral high ground, even if it is the size of a mole hill.
First Minister Mr Morgan seizes the moral high ground in Welsh Labour's' annual report, which will go out to all members in the run-up to a General Election.